1. earlier - adjective
· (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early; "a fashion popular in earlier times"; "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"; "Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera"
2. early - adjective
· at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"
3. early - adjective
· being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
4. early - adjective
· belonging to the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
5. early - adjective
· very young; "at an early age"
6. early - adjective
· of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."; "Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700"
7. early - adjective
· expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations"
8. earlier - adverb
· earlier in time; previously; "I had known her before"; "as I said before"; "he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"; "her parents had died four years earlier"; "I mentioned that problem earlier"
9. earlier - adverb
· comparatives of `soon' or `early'; "Come a little sooner, if you can"; "came earlier than I expected"
10. earlier - adverb
· before now; "why didn't you tell me in the first place?"
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